defenders of the faith

Pakistan’s Islamists, the great defenders of the faith, don’t have the respect and trust of the Chinese authorities that would allow them to persuade them not to ban fasting in China’s western-most province, Xinjiang.
They also seem to be powerless to protect Muslim minorities in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
They make the lives of Indian Muslims a living hell by their murderous attacks every 5 to 10 years in India.
They have earned the hatred of all Afghans, most of the tribal Pashtuns of Pakistan and all of the Ismailis and Shias of Gilgit-Baltistan.
In the most generous interpretation, a “deviant split” of theirs seriously compromised Pakistan’s nuclear deterrent by blowing up our only AWACS aircraft at Kamran airbase.
Why exactly do the PMLN, as well as some sections of the PTI, support them? Why do we insist on calling them patriotic, the best Pakistanis, the defenders of the faith?

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